Viper (TOS)

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Race: Colonial
Type: Military
Propulsion: three sublight aft-mounted engines
Crew: 1 pilot
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Role: Space superiority fighter
Weapons: 2 forward-firing laser-torpedo guns
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Length: (approx) 28.54ft (8.7m)
Width: (approx) 12.47ft (3.8m)
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Additional Information
Viper in the separate continuity

The Colonial Viper is the primary space superiority fighter and attack craft deployed by the Colonial military. Capable of both atmospheric and long-range spacial flight, the Viper is a single-pilot craft with two-forward mounted laser-torpedo guns as standard.

The Viper is capable of rapid acceleration in the form of a "turbo boost" feature, which results in greater fuel usage (TOS: "The Living Legend, Part I"). Vipers are also able to abruptly stop forward acceleration by using their reverse thrusters and braking flaps (TOS: "Saga of a Star World").[1]

Vipers are equipped with an onboard computer which contains a warbook, an electronic reference of ships which, in conjunction with scanners, can give the pilot information on a ship (TOS: "Saga of a Star World") and identify whether or not there are life forms onboard the said ship (TOS: "The Living Legend, Part I").

In addition, Vipers' computer is capable of recording messages, which can be played back by Warriors or other persons who happen across an unoccupied Viper (TOS: "Experiment in Terra").

Variants and Modifications

Re-imagined Series Crossover

This Viper model is briefly seen in the Galactica Museum exhibition in the Miniseries and later in "Daybreak, Part II."

As the Original Series Viper uses weaponry and features not seen in the Re-imagined Series, its appearance in the museum is more a homage to the Original Series itself than to suggest that these specific Vipers (and their technical abilities) existed in the Re-imagined continuity. However, the Original Series Raider, basestar and landram appear in the Re-imagined Series with updated weaponry. Given their real world status as the original Vipers, the known design of the Mark III and their more 'primitive' design; this model is perhaps erroneously[2] assumed to be the Viper Mark I.

In the separate continuity

A Viper fleeing the Cylons after uncovering the numerous phalanxes of Raiders in waiting, precipitating the Battle of Cimtar (Annihilation!).

The Viper is the primary space superiority fighter of the Twelve Colonies of Man, often deployed by battlestars.

These craft are prevalent and are relied on for the defense of the Fleet through the various and divergent continuities offered, starting from Marvel's comics through to the present-day Dynamite Entertainment comic book adaptations.

Variations of the Viper include:


Often the Dynamite Entertainment comics will often swap the visualizations of the Original Series' Viper with the Re-imagined Series' Mark II Viper, either in full or in part, including the colorization of the striping (the Re-imagined Series' red versus the Original Series' orange).

Related images


A variety of concepts were created by Ralph McQuarrie for the Viper, some of which ended up in Glen A. Larson and Leslie Stevens' Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.


Blueprints for the construction of the "full-size" mockups:


  • In Galactica 1980, some Vipers are outfitted with stealth technologies that render the Viper craft invisible to the eye (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I").
  • A two-seater version of the Viper is seen throughout Galactica 1980. However, despite its appearances in this series, this variant may be hinted at as early on as "Saga of a Star World", when Adama is flown to Caprica in Apollo's Viper after the destruction of the Colonies. However, this variant is never explicitly seen during the Original Series' run.
  • There is a scale difference between the mock-up/model kit Viper and the actual on screen SFX Viper as can be seen in this SFX-mockup overlap.


  1. Captain Apollo describes to Lieutenant Zac on how to allow the Cylons to overshoot them, so they can dispatch the pursuing Raiders.
    Apollo: When I hit three, you hit your reverse thrusters and maximum braking flaps.
  2. Caprica demonstrates that the "Viper" terminology extends into pure aircraft, namely the Vintage Viper and the Air Force Viper.